Monday, May 7, 2012
Why do the red maple leaves look brown? Frost Damage to Spring Plants and Trees
hydrangea have a crispy look too.
annuals simply can't tolerate even short bursts of cold. Impatiens and tender herbs such as sweet basil will shrivel when the thermometer hovers at freezing, even overnight.
Short term damage to foliage is exactly that. The core of the plant, the stems and root system remain intact and functioning. Similar to a sunburn, but aloe doesn't help--only time.
The bad news is the damage will remain for the season, but it's minimal. Smaller plants can be gently pruned back or the burnt leaves plucked. Next year, weather permitting, the foliage will survive unscathed. There's always next year. No matter the appearance, do not cut back the tree.
The vagrancies of nature are not always predictable nor pretty. Today it will be eighty five and sunny.
More Articles of Interest:
Will My Plants Survive this Drought?
Shrubbery Flubbery -- How to Avoid Winter Damage to Shrubs
Hey! Look What Survived the Winter in my Garden!